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How did Avicii die? Police report ‘no criminal suspicion’ around DJ’s death at 28
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The world of music has paid tribute after Swedish DJ and producer Avicii passed away suddenly in Oman on Friday, April 20. Real name Tim Bergling, the Grammy-nominated EDM star was 28, and the cause of death is not currently known.

Avicii’s parents, two sisters and brother are in Oman this week to repatriate his body and are “completely devastated,” according to a spokesperson for Royal Oman Police. Though he was still making music at the time of his death, Avicii retired from playing live in August 2016, at the age of 26.

As reported by CNN, “two postmortems were carried out … and [police] can confirm that there is no criminal suspicion in the death”. The original statement published at the announcement of Bergling’s death reads: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Throughout his career, Avicii was open about his ongoing health problems. In an interview with Rolling Stone he revealed that he had been hospitalised for 11 days in 2012 with acute pancreatitis, a condition associated with excessive drinking.

In the same interview, from January 2014, he confirmed he had been sober for almost a year. Two months after that interview, the DJ was hospitalised in Miami due to a blocked gall bladder, which he later had removed along with his appendix. In September 2014, he was forced to cancel a string of shows due to health concerns. At the time a spokesperson said that the DJ would recuperate in his native Stockholm until he had recovered enough to work on the follow-up to his 2013 album ‘True’.

The result was ‘Stories’, released in October 2015. Five months later, in March 2016, Avicii announced his permanent retirement from performing live.

In 2017 he responded to Mike Posner’s ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ lyric saying: “Mike’s a good friend, so I took it as an honour. And I agree – parties can be amazing, but it’s very easy to become too attached to partying in places like Ibiza. You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic.”

Thousands of fans at Coachella joined DJ Kygo to pay tribute to Avicii over the weekend.

Avicii’s music publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing has issued the following statement: “We are mourning the incredibly sad loss of an exceptionally creative talent who we have been honored and proud to represent as one of our songwriters for a number of years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time”.

The likes of Calvin Harris, Madonna, Skrillex, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Dua Lipa, Marshmello, Liam Payne, Craig David, Charlie Puth and more have paid tribute to the late performer. See tributes from Avicii’s peers on social media below:

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Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x

— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) April 20, 2018

my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii ???? Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him.

— Goat lord (@deadmau5) April 20, 2018

Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly…

Posted by David Guetta on Friday, April 20, 2018

Words can not describe how I feel right now..I am gonna miss you brother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AjBgXi5gVR

— Tiësto (@tiesto) April 20, 2018

At a loss for words…Rest easy brother ???? @Avicii

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) April 20, 2018

A day where we lost a hero of ours, an inspiration and friend. There will never ever be another like him and for that reason we cry and will never forget. We posted this video cause it is a reminder of what this brilliant amazing guy did for all of us. And now he is gone. pic.twitter.com/ObfvoSgceh

— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) April 20, 2018

Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x

— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) April 20, 2018

devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr

— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) April 20, 2018

#RIPAVICII Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always.

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) April 20, 2018

Speaking to AP, Nile Rodgers also said he was ‘upset’ after performing with the DJ three years ago. He said: “It was a little bit sad to me because he had promised me he would stop drinking, and when I saw him he was drunk that night. And I was like, ‘Whoa. Dude. C’mon. What are you doing? What’s going on? You said that that was done’. I didn’t even stick around for his performance because it was breaking my heart.”

Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to young … what a talent he was. rest in peace x

— Liam (@LiamPayne) April 20, 2018

Rest in peace @Avicii My heart goes out to your family at this difficult time. x

— Craig David (@CraigDavid) April 20, 2018

Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best.

— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) April 20, 2018

I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.

— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018

Ugh devastating news about Avicii, hard to even believe.. ???? sending all my love to his family, friends and community of fans.. electronic music is a community. We lost one of it's brightest stars. He made music that was universally loved. Always seemed so kind. Gone way too soon

— Ayahuasca Flocka Flame (@atrak) April 20, 2018

I have no words.. RIP Tim ????

— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) April 20, 2018

Can’t believe this, I’m gonna miss you so bad. From your first show where we played together, to all the amazing memories we shared. Thank you for changing the world with your amazing music and for being such an inspiration. I’m gonna miss you brother, until we meet again! ❤ pic.twitter.com/FjJyLA5Ohc

— Hardwell (@HARDWELL) April 20, 2018

. @Avicii was talented and kind, and I was genuinely excited to see what would come next from him. His future most certainly should have been written beyond age 28. I am heartbroken. Rest easy Tim.

— Kaskade (@kaskade) April 20, 2018

Broken hearted. Such a huge musical inspiration to me and many others. will miss you so much. Rest In Peace Avicii pic.twitter.com/AdU5UzoY90

— Noah Cyrus (@noahcyrus) April 20, 2018

I never got to know Avicii but those who did spoke so highly of him. His talent was huge. A sad loss.

— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) April 20, 2018

Rest in peace @Avicii ????

— ANNE♥MARIE (@AnneMarie) April 20, 2018

OH MY GOD ???? wow… I’m speechless. May you Rest In Peace my dear Tim ???? RT @TMZ: #BREAKING: Avicii Has Died at 28 #RIP https://t.co/dvE4cgk9BY

— Laidback Luke (@LaidbackLuke) April 20, 2018

Very sad and scary. What a crazy life. RIP. https://t.co/LSBkIEJ97m

— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) April 20, 2018

RIP Avicii

Never let this game change you. Just because you make music doesn’t automatically mean you all of a sudden need to become famous or a celebrity, or a fashion designer, or a car collector, or a pimp or a slut, or the center of attention..always embrace who you are ???????? pic.twitter.com/nfHN9RNn8V

— COBRA|Soul Food ???? (@LupeFiasco) April 20, 2018

More details as they emerge…

23/04/2018 11:00:42
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